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Tunes for 'ToonsMusic and the Hollywood Cartoon$
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Daniel Goldmark

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236172

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236172.001.0001

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A Brief Conclusion

A Brief Conclusion

(p.161) A Brief Conclusion
Tunes for 'Toons

Daniel Goldmark

University of California Press

With the demise of the animation units run by or for major Hollywood companies, the power shifted to independent animation studios that could supply the seemingly insatiable demand for children's television programming. In the 1970s and 1980s, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, DIC, Ruby-Spears, and other film studios paid little attention to (or money for) such luxuries as unique sound effects or original music. At the same time, there was an explosion of cartoons featuring rock bands, including Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, Josie and the Pussycats, and Jabberjaw. A renaissance in cartoon production occurred in the late 1980s. Reawakened interest in the now-classic Warner Bros. cartoons led Steven Spielberg to produce Tiny Toon Adventures, based on Warner stars and cartoons. At the same time, networks and cable channels commissioned entirely novel series, including Rugrats, Animaniacs, Batman, and Doug. Moreover, contemporary popular music has become a fundamental element in contemporary cartoons. And, of course, we cannot overlook the road map for cartoon music drawn by Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley some seventy-five years ago.

Keywords:   cartoons, film studios, animation, Hollywood, cartoon music, Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley, Warner Bros, popular music

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